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RozBujnik
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Anyone tried? Tips? The obvious is to stay well above the mist. But I'm concerned about this being the border.
I'm hoping to catch the annnual light show this winter...

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Well it's a National Park on the US side, so keep that in mind.  
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tdrussell1 Posted at 2015-11-6 09:37
Well it's a National Park on the US side, so keep that in mind.

Is it legal to fly your drone in a national park in Canada?
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coleslaw Posted at 2015-11-6 13:21
Is it legal to fly your drone in a national park in Canada?

depends. when I went to alberta you weerent supposed to fly, but plenty of people were. park rangers never really checked
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Michael M Posted at 2015-11-6 15:07
depends. when I went to alberta you weerent supposed to fly, but plenty of people were. park range ...

What part of Alberta did you see others flying drones - were they out in the open or in a secluded spot?
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coleslaw Posted at 2015-11-6 14:34
What part of Alberta did you see others flying drones - were they out in the open or in a secluded ...

Banff and jasper in the national parks. Like up the mountains and cliffs. You weren't supposed to as it disturbed the wildlife
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The US side is a State park, but I do not believe the Canadian side is. In any case, if I recall correctly, national park restrictions forbid taking off / landing on park grounds. I'd take off from the nearby parking lot. My biggest concern is the border, which kinda cuts through the middle of the falls, and I would not want to set off alarms. I guess I'll just have to see what happens...
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Paniza
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I did fly Niagara over the summer.

Well, if you cross the middle of the river, you are in the USA technically so... make sure your Phantom has a valid passport. ;)

Unfortunately I forgot my ND filters that day, I could only use limited shots but, I'm happy with the results.

Tips:
- The platform beside the boat entrance is impossible to take off safely... something with the ground structure.
- It is going to be a wet ride, hope you can keep it calm. I brought some diapers.
- Avoid flying around the bridge as officers might not like the idea.
- Keep the bird over water or parks, do not go close/over to people and/or buildings.

That place is huge... plan your story/shots and go for it.

Cheers.


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Be prepared to get arrested.  (Skip to about 3:50)

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Paniza Posted at 2015-11-7 07:34
I did fly Niagara over the summer.

Well, if you cross the middle of the river, you are in the USA t ...

Great footage!
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In Canada you cannot land or take off an aircraft in a national park without special permission of the park superintendent.  They consider a UAV (Drone) and aircraft thus pretty much making it illegal to fly in a national park unless you have super range and a big battery so you can take off outside the park and then fly in.
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hummingbird.uav Posted at 2015-11-7 12:25
In Canada you cannot land or take off an aircraft in a national park without special permission of t ...

Hi hummingbird. I didn't know that.

Would you have a link about the topic? I would like to learn more.

Thanks.
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Thank you.
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Here is the link to the Park regulations.
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/e ... 7-150/FullText.html
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hummingbird.uav Posted at 2015-11-7 12:58
Here is the link to the Park regulations.
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-97-150/ ...

Very nice! Thank you.
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Very nice footage, Paniza, thank you for sharing. I'm glad to see you flew over without an incident from the authorities!
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For anyone interested, According to the following Canadian government site, Niagara Falls is not a national park in Canada: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/pn-np/index.aspx
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Wicked, Fulgerite! Is it a park? Why did they nab you?
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RozBujnik Posted at 2015-11-7 15:01
Very nice footage, Paniza, thank you for sharing. I'm glad to see you flew over without an incident  ...

Thanks and cheers.
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Paniza Posted at 2015-11-7 10:34
I did fly Niagara over the summer.

Well, if you cross the middle of the river, you are in the USA t ...

Very nice pic.
However... if I am not mistaken, that is restricted air space (Canada). I wanted to fly my ultra light over the Falls and down the river this past summer, but was told a  definite NO.
The sight seeing helicopters all have special permissions.
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CrashTest Dummy Posted at 2015-11-8 03:27
Very nice pic.
However... if I am not mistaken, that is restricted air space (Canada). I wanted to ...

CrashTest,

Thanks.

You could be right but, I believe that Ultralight is in a totally different category of the Phantom.

We, the tiny birds have some exceptions.

Anyway, I wish they could make this easier to understand:
http://www3.telus.net/cschwab/viewer/canadian_airspace.html


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Fulgerite Posted at 2015-11-7 11:54
Be prepared to get arrested.  (Skip to about 3:50)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smxql2PXehI

Great Falls is a National Park. Before the prohibition I used to fly there.

It is possible to be down river and fly into the park from the Old Anglers Inn.

Down river, there's a 1700's town that's National Park land where the locks are besides the river. I'd have to see exactly where the NPS land starts.

Now the only way to legally get shots of the falls and Kayak racers is to run a zip line across the river and run your camera out and back in.

The NPS also doesn't like the racers as they hold their racer going over the falls on different dates as they are subject to arrest.
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Paniza Posted at 2015-11-7 09:34
I did fly Niagara over the summer.

Well, if you cross the middle of the river, you are in the USA t ...

Gorgeous, just Gorgeous!    I don't have visit now!      Great Job!
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CaveDrone Posted at 2015-11-8 18:59
Gorgeous, just Gorgeous!    I don't have visit now!      Great Job!

Thank you.
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Paniza Posted at 2015-11-7 23:34
I did fly Niagara over the summer.

Well, if you cross the middle of the river, you are in the USA t ...

Nice suggestions, Paniza! Thanks for sharing!
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CaveDrone Posted at 2015-11-8 15:59
Gorgeous, just Gorgeous!    I don't have visit now!      Great Job!

do u think my mavic air is allowed to fly too?
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Paniza Posted at 2015-11-7 07:34
I did fly Niagara over the summer.

Well, if you cross the middle of the river, you are in the USA technically so... make sure your Phantom has a valid passport. ;)

Awesome footage!   
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Thank you!
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